Just when I thought VSCode can’t surprise me anymore, it came out of the closet with something awesome & shocked me again. Did you folks know VSCode offers a Command Line Interface (CLI) that lets you do a bunch of amazing VSCode stuff right inside your terminal.
Before we go into details, let’s first activate this CLI.
Open your VSCode. Press ⌘command + ⇧shift + p to open the Command Palette. Once it’s open, search for shell command & then select the option:
Shell Command: Install 'code' command in PATH
When you are done, you will see a confirmation message at the bottom right corner of your VSCode & that’s it. You have activated the CLI. 🙌🏻
As the name suggests, every Code CLI command will start with code. For instance, if you want to get your VSCode version, you can just type
You can also open any folder in VSCode by just typing
code . in any terminal & then pressing enter
Code CLI also allows you to open any file of your project from your terminal. Just write
code -r filename in the terminal & you are good to go.
We have added
-r to reuse the existing window instead of opening a new one. You can also use the command
code -d filename1 filename2 to compare to files with each other. ⚡️
These are just the tip of the iceberg. You can see all of the options that this CLI provides by writing
code --help in the terminal.
That’s it for today’s, folks! If you like this piece, please share it, and if you have a question, just drop it down in the comments section below. 🙌🏻